On-the-run manager accused of swindling Ashby grain elevator turns himself in

Jerry Hennessey has been a fugitive since September.
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The man accused of swindling a grain elevator in Ashby, Minnesota out of more than $2 million has turned himself in to federal authorities.

Jerry Hennessey, 56, of Dalton, Minnesota, had been on the run since September, but surrendered to authorities on Tuesday and was charged in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis with mail fraud.

Hennessey is the former manager of the Ashby Farmers Co-operative Elevator Co., a position he had held for almost 30 years, but skipped town when it allegedly became apparent he had been taking money out of the business for years to fund credit card spending and lavish hunting trips.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Minnesota, the co-op discovered multiple checks written by Hennessey to himself for over $40,000 – one of which was for $135,000.

When they arranged a meeting to discuss the suspicious payments on Sept. 10, Hennessey didn't turn up, instead meeting a friend who drove him to Des Moines, Iowa.

Two acquaintances interviewed by police said that Hennessey had told them "he had taken money from his employer and was in a lot of trouble."

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It's unclear if he stayed in Des Moines, and it's not apparent where he has spent the past three months.

An affidavit states that more than $1 million in payments from the elevator company were made to Hennessey's Cabela's Visa Card and hundreds of thousands of dollars were spent on international hunting trips and taxidermy services.

More than $400,000 was spent on mounts and pedestals for game shot in New Zealand and South Africa.

The theft from the co-op is alleged to have gone on for 15 years.

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